He knew his opponents. In the workforce opponents can be competitive challengers in the marketplace with products and services that rival yours. To be successful itâ€™s important to understand and determine how to deliver the highest value to clients and customers. But opponents are also real and perceived challenges at work attributed to an organizationâ€™s culture--the idiosyncrasies or unwritten rules of how a company functions. The only way to develop successful strategies and strong allies is to structure your goals in line with how your company operates. Mentors are essential to helping you decipher the company codes.